"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27, 2010

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Special Interests: Forces of Democracy??

TheFundamentals has compiled the following list of “special interest” organizations. We have displayed their stated membership numbers and, where available, websites and PAC’s. As you peruse the list, ask yourself:

1. Do I know how much the Favors presented to these Special Interest groups cost me every year?

2. Or, am I a beneficiary of the Favors provided to these Special Interest groups and I just don’t care what they cost other taxpayers?

3. Which of these groups lobbyies for the American taxpayer and the repayment of America's $12 trillion debt?

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

American Association of Retired People (AARP) 40,000,000 http://www.aarp.org/

American Bar Association (ABA) 400,000 http://www.abanet.org/

American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/ ACS CAN

American Farm Bureau http://www.fb.org/ FBACT

American Hospital Association (AHA)

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)  http://www.aipac.org/

American Medical Association (AMA) http://www.ama-assn.org/

American Trial Lawyers Association 5,000 http://www.theatla.com/


Corporations and Industries:

Airlines - Air Transport Association

Association of American Railroads

Banking - (ABA) http://www.aba.com/ BankPac

Building Materials - (NBDMA)

Insurance - (AIA) (AHIP) (NAIC)

Military/Industrial Complex - (NDIA) (AIA) National Association of Realtors - (NAR)

Oil - (IPAA) (API) (OGP) (AOPL) (PMAA)

Pharmaceutical - (PhRMA)

Securities - (NASD) (NAIBD)

Trucking - (ATA)

Waste Disposal - (EIA)

Dairy Farmers of America

Department of Homeland Security 167,000 http://www.dhs.gov/

Federal Government Employees 2,730,000 http://www.usa.gov/

Greenpeace 250,000 http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) http://www.naacp.org/

National Association of Manufacturers

NASA 18,500 http://www.nasa.gov/

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 18,000 http://www.nih.gov/

National Organization for Women (NOW) 500,000 http://www.now.org/

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) http://www.opec.org/

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) http://www.peta.org/

State and Local Government Employees 19,500,000


American Association of University Professors (AAUP) http://www.aaup.org/aaup

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) 11,500,000 http://www.aflcio.org/

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) 600,000 http://www.afge.org/

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 1,600,000 http://www.afscme.org/

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 1,400,000 http://www.aft.org/

American Postal Workers Union 330,000 http://www.apwu.org/

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) 1,900,000 http://www.teamster.org/

International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) http://www.iupa.org/

National Association of Postal Supervisors 35,000 http://www.naps.org/

National Education Association (NEA) 3,200,000 http://www.nea.org/

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 2,100,000 http://www.seiu.org/

United Automobile Workers (UAW) 1,088,000 http://www.uaw.org/

US Chamber of Commerce http://www.uschamber.com/

US Postal Service 768,000

Finally, TheFundamentals needs your help in compiling this list. Please add your names to the above list of Special Interests. Just click on the comments link below. Thank you.

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